The new engine found in the Mercedes C-Class is proof that when the German automaker has a good thing, it's smart enough to spread it around. The 3.5-liter V6 is steadily making its way through the luxury brand's model lineup.
After debuting in the 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK two-seater, the lightweight engine, which features an aluminum block and cylinder heads, displaced the E-Class sedan's 3.2-liter engine earlier this year. And now it's part of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class family, available in the smaller C350.
Dueling German Horsepower For 2006, the 215-horsepower, 3.2-liter C320 sedan becomes the latest casualty in the escalating horsepower war the manufacturer is waging with its Bavarian rival, BMW. After years of the BMW 330i eating its lunch with its healthier 225 hp, Mercedes has had enough. Just as BMW is about to pull the wraps off its revamped 255-hp 330i sedan, Mercedes is moving in for the kill with the 268-hp, 3.5-liter C350. Sounds like BMW 3 Series drivers better start checking their rearview mirrors.
If the horsepower jump isn't enough to grab you by the short hairs, the increase in torque will. With 258 pound-feet of torque, the Mercedes' V6 destroys BMW's new 3.0-liter inline six, which will be rated at 220 lb-ft, and gives the C350 some serious thrust.
With its smooth revs and throaty new exhaust note, the C350 Mercedes drives much sportier than the C320. There's plenty of torque to be found throughout the wide power band, making the charge off the line as fun the 50th time as it was the first. As in the C320, it continues to be rear-wheel drive with a 4Matic all-wheel-drive option.
Seven Speeds, No Waiting Like the pint-sized SLK roadster, the C350 Mercedes comes standard with a six-speed manual, which is a major upgrade over the old six-speed gearbox. The C350's reworked linkage inspires confidence through the shift pattern with buttery-smooth action and a solid feel. The clutch is nicely weighted, not overly heavy or annoying while sitting in traffic.
Aiding hard-driving pursuits while helping take the heat off your gas pump credit card is an optional seven-speed automatic transmission, which can be shifted manually using steering wheel-mounted buttons. Serious sport sedan enthusiasts may claim that a manual transmission is necessary to extract maximum entertainment from the driving experience, but Mercedes has made this automatic shift so quickly and efficiently, it's hard to imagine why anyone would want to exercise their clutch foot unnecessarily. In fact, Mercedes states the same 0-62-mph time of 6.4 seconds with both transmissions. The C350 4Matic version retains the old five-speed automatic.
Despite the notable increase in performance, Mercedes also says fuel economy is improved by 12 percent over the C320's old V6, largely due to the efficiency of continuously variable valve timing and a two-stage intake manifold.
Familiar Style and Safety Outside the cabin, the only visible clue to the new power plant tucked under the hood is the simple rear deck badge. Like the C320, the C350 sedan will continue to divide itself into both Luxury and Sport trims; Luxury offering a more traditional leather and wood-trimmed cabin, and the Sport model includes aluminum trim, a three-spoke steering wheel with thumb rests and larger wheels and tires.
In addition to predictable safety features, such as four-wheel antilock disc brakes and three-point seatbelts with tension limiters for all occupants, every C-Class offers stability control and eight airbags that include head-protecting side curtain airbags.
More Bang, Same Buck Perhaps the most impressive part of the Mercedes-Benz C350's specification sheet is the price. Although pricing hasn't been officially released, and won't be until just before the C350 goes on sale this summer, Mercedes officials report the cost should be comparable to the current C320, which starts at just over $38,000.
Although previously disregarded as a true sport sedan, this new, more powerful C350 Mercedes should earn a spot on any BMW shopper's short list.
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Available Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2006 Submodel Types: Coupe, Convertible, AMG C 63 S, AMG C 43, Sedan, C63 AMG, AMG C 63, Hatchback, C 450 AMG 4MATIC, Wagon, Hybrid, C32 AMG, C 63 AMG, C55 AMG
Available Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2006 Trims: C 300 4MATIC, C300 Sport 4MATIC, C300 Luxury 4MATIC, C250 Sport, C 300 Sport 4MATIC, C 300 Luxury 4MATIC, C 300, C250, C300 Luxury, AMG C 63 S, AMG C 43, C350 Sport, C63 AMG, C230, C250 Luxury, C300 Sport, C 400 Sport 4MATIC, C240, C230 Kompressor, C230 Sport, C240 Luxury 4MATIC, C320, AMG C 63, C240 4MATIC, C 450 AMG 4MATIC, C350 4MATIC, C280 Luxury 4MATIC, C 250, C350, C 350 4MATIC, C280, C240 Luxury, C 350e, C32 AMG, C320 4MATIC, C 63 AMG, C280 Luxury, C320 Luxury 4MATIC, C 300 Luxury, C 300 Sport, C 350e Luxury, C320 Luxury, C350 Luxury 4MATIC, C55 AMG
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Popular Features: Aux Audio Inputs, Bluetooth, Tire Pressure Warning, USB Inputs, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Automatic Emergency Braking, Sunroof/Moonroof, Back-up camera, Pre-collision safety system, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Upgraded Stereo, Navigation, Upgraded Headlights, Keyless Entry/Start, Remote Start, Blind Spot Monitoring, Post-collision safety system, Power Liftgate/Trunk, 2nd Row Bucket Seats, Lane Departure Warning, Soft Top, Cooled Seats, Parking sensors, Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Leather Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Power Driver Seat, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Trip Computer, Heads up display, Adaptive Cruise Control, Mobile Internet, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, AWD/4WD, Heated seats, Upgraded Engine, 360-degree camera
The used 2006 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is offered in the following submodels: C55 AMG, Sedan. Available styles include C55 AMG 4dr Sedan (5.4L 8cyl 5A), C230 Sport 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 6M), and C280 4MATIC Luxury 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 5A). Pre-owned C-Class models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 362 hp, depending on engine type. The used 2006 C-Class comes with rear wheel drive or all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed shiftable automatic, 6-speed manual.